Busy week, and some sadness

  Hello crafty friends! I have been working diligently to finish up projects, and have not started anything new. I won't let myself start anything until I finish up some things that have been on hooks and needles for far too long. And, truth be told, I'm a little depressed. In less than 2 weeks, my best friend, sister-from-another-family, and crafty conspirator, is moving 22 hours away from me. So, I have been trying to finish up things that need her help, and not be sad that the only way we'll get together anymore is going to be via phone calls and messages, and Skype. However, we are getting together and doing stuff, and I will have even more photos of the makings of a Holly Hobbie doll. Speaking of which...
 Here is the body of the doll, pre legs and head. All of this is going to be hand sewn. I do have a machine, but as stated in other posts, my machine needs too much work to be useful at present. However, the hand sewing hasn't been an issue. I actually quite enjoy sewing by hand, so long as it's not huge projects, like human size clothing!

Here she is, legs and arms sewn on, and her head created. I never did buy socks to create the head, as it states to do in the pattern notes. I did have knit material that I had bought just for this, and so I took the face pattern and traced it onto my pattern tracing cloth, and extrapolated from there. A tube and a gathering at the top later, I had a "sock", and I could then create her face. The eyes are buttons I had around (I have my Grandma Taylor's button stash), and the rest of her face is art marker and artist's chalks. Apparently, embroidering her was beyond my capabilities, but she is going to a 2 year old, so it seemed to make a bit more sense anyway. Her hair is doll hair (by Darice company) that I sewed on. Hot gluing it seemed to be unwise.

Here she is with her dress started. Shelley and I got the pattern cut out this afternoon, and it took me a total of 2 hours (give or take) to get this far on her dress, by hand. I wish the picture could show the true color, but such is the life with a camera phone. It's a lovely navy blue cotton, and her pinafore and bonnet will be a sunny daisy pattern, very bright and colorful. I'll post pictures when she's finished, or you can also see them on Instagram, as I post my progress on almost all my projects on there! (check the button on the left side of the website for the particulars!)

I am hoping to have her done before Friday, as well as the little pillow I am almost done with for my dad and stepmom's 15th anniversary... which was in February, but better late than never, right? :)
With sore fingers and a happy heart,
Alyssa, aka 2 Dainty Crafters!


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